The Perpetual Three-Dot Column
The Perpetual Three-Dot Column
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by Jesse Walker

Thursday, December 28, 2006
AND THEN THERE WERE 66: So far we've looked back at the best films of
1996, 1986, and 1976. Time for 1966:

1. The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade
Directed by Peter Brook
Written by Adrian Mitchell, from a play by Peter Weiss

"Marat, these cells of the inner self are worse than the deepest stone dungeon, and as long as they are locked all your revolution remains only a prison mutiny to be put down by corrupted fellow prisoners."

2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Directed by Sergio Leone
Written by Leone, Luciano Vincenzoni, Age Incrocci, and Furio Scarpelli, from a story by Leone and Vincenzoni

"In this world there's two kinds of people, my friend: those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig."

3. Persona
Written and directed by Ingmar Bergman

It's either the original 3 Women or the original Fight Club, depending on how you prefer to interpret the story.

4. Seconds
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Written by Lewis John Carlino, from a novel by David Ely

The most Phildickian film Phil Dick never wrote.

5. Punch and Judy
Written and directed by Jan Svankmajer

A surreal and violent take on the world's most famous puppet show. Easily my favorite Svankmajer short.

6. It Happened Here
Written and directed by Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo

An alternate-history tale, shot documentary-style, in which Britain falls under Nazi occupation.

7. Death of a Bureaucrat
Directed by Tomas Gutierrez Alea
Written by Alfredo L. Del Cueto and Ramon F. Suarez, from a story by Alea

A dissident Cuban comedy. Like Kafka crossed with Laurel and Hardy.

8. Lapis
Directed by James Whitney

Kaleidoscopic, psychedelic.

9. A Man for All Seasons
Directed by Fred Zinnemann
Written by Robert Bolt, from his play

"Listen, Will. Two years ago you were a passionate Churchman. Now you're a passionate Lutheran. We must just pray that when your head's finished turning, your face is to the front again."

10. Alfie
Directed by Lewis Gilbert
Written by Bill Naughton, from his play

It just occured to me that this list begins with two of my favorite radical movies and ends with two of my favorite conservative movies. There's no contradiction in admiring all four.


posted by Jesse 2:52 PM
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